Sarahah, which translates to "honesty" in Arabic, was developed by Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq, a Saudi programmer. Initially created for receiving honest and anonymous feedback from colleagues, it has become an app where you can send a message just about anything.
"This app will help enhance your areas of strength, strengthen areas for Improvement at your workplace and with friends, it will help improve your friendship by discovering your strengths and areas for improvement and let your friends be honest with you". But, Sarahah app is slowly becoming an online sensation. Thereafter, they can share their profile with their friends or other social media accounts so that they can send and receive anonymous messages.
Well, people on Sarahah app are really pouring their hearts out. Moreover, users can also flag messages or mark them as favorite to #Enable them to locate the messages easily in future. So what is this viral messaging app all about? Users can block senders if they receive an offensive comment.
It is free to download and like most social media apps asks users to create a profile with a username, email ID and a password to keep communications secure.
While it seems like a fool-proof way to say anything you want without having to put yourself in a situation where you have to deal with any responses, there are risks with Sarahah everyone is now turning a blind eye to. It is also possible to register via the web by navigating to sarahah.com domain.
Snapchat has integrated with the app, now allowing users to post their Sarahah links. There is no reply mechanism, or indication of who a message is from. However, if not used properly, this app can definitely prove risky. All received, sent and favourite messages appear in "Messages" tab.
"Sarahah helps people self-develop by receiving constructive anonymous feedback", read Sarahah's description on Google Play Store.
Will Sarahah show the identity of senders?
However, the fun here is short lived as you can not reply to a text message sent anonymously. Next up, there's an "Explore" tab which isn't live yet. Another setting ensures that non-registered users can't message you on the app.
While I'm not concerned about technical difficulties, I am concerned about the vulgarity and inappropriate comments anonymous apps always seem to breed. There is no option to share pictures or videos which makes it lighter on the resources.
So should you be using Sarahah?